Ann Coulter Calls Donald Trump 'Abjectly Stupid'

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has accused former President Donald Trump of "betraying" his base and being "abjectly stupid" in his inability to deliver on his promise to build a border wall.

Although Coulter wrote the bestseller In Trump We Trust, E Pluribus Awesome! ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign, the right-wing firebrand has become ever more critical of the former president.

In an interview on Andrew Sullivan's Dishcast on November 5, Coulter said she knew what Trump's character was like before he was elected but supported him anyway because of his immigration policy and pledge to build the wall on the southern U.S. border.

"I was well familiar with what a narcissistic, ridiculous, tacky, vulgar, arriviste this guy was," she told Sullivan. "That I knew about. The one thing I underestimated, in fact, did not see at all is, I had no idea how abjectly stupid the man is."

She accused Trump of "not keeping his promises" and "directly betraying his base," which consisted of people who were "Americans waiting their whole lives for someone to care about them."

She said that during 2016, when promoting In Trump We Trust, journalists would tell her: "'Oh he's not really going to build the wall,'" she said. "I'd laugh and say, 'No the one thing he's got to do is build the wall.'

"My theory was if he doesn't build the wall, he loses reelection. He didn't build the wall, he lost reelection," she said. "I just couldn't imagine anyone could be so stupid to run on one thing and just not do it."

Coulter's criticism of Trump increased during the course of his presidency and since he left office.

In 2018, she criticized Trump for his attacks on his then attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who she said was the "one person" in his administration "who did anything about immigration."

In May 2020, she called Trump "the most disloyal actual retard that has ever set foot in the Oval Office" after the former president called for Alabama voters to "not trust Jeff Sessions" and instead back Sessions' GOP Senate seat challenger, Tommy Tuberville.

She also bashed the former president for seeking Space Force funding instead of focusing on building the barrier along the Mexican frontier.

"Instead of building a wall to protect this country, at least maybe we'll be able to go settle a new planet," Coulter tweeted. However, in March 2019, Trump dismissed Coulter as a "wacky nut job" in a tweet in which he said: "I am winning on the border."

In August 2021, Coulter praised President Joe Biden for "keeping a promise Trump made, but then abandoned when he got to office" in withdrawing U.S. military troops from Afghanistan.

Newsweek has contacted Trump for comment.

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This split image shows conservative commentator Ann Coulter and former President Donald Trump. Coulter has been very critical of Trump whom she dubbed "abjectly stupid," in an interview on November 5, 2021. Getty